Things to do on a rainy day in Manchester
Be a little piggy down the market
Top spot goes to the one and only Mackie Mayor… well, not one and only because there’s Alty Market too, but you get the gist. The market house opened its doors a couple of months ago and since then has never been empty; serving up breakfast from as early as 8am most days and serving food till 10pm too it’s a foodie’s dream!
The likes of Fin serving up the freshest seafood options, Tender Cow showing you how steaks should be and Honest Crust serving up some proper pizzas and much more, you really are spoiled for choice and really, you can’t go wrong with any of it. The bar has an ever-changing craft beer menu and the wine bar really hosts some special bottles, both accompanied by staff who know exactly what they’re talking about and all this is under the roof of a grade 2 listed building that is absolutely stunning. If you haven’t been yet, what are you playing at?!
Take a seat in the Theatre of Dreams
This one is a no brainer. Manchester is home to two great footballing teams, though one is rich in history and is a name that is universally understood in any language… Manchester United. The biggest name in world football has brought countless trophies back to Manchester and though right now they may not be the European force they once were, they still boast some of the best talent in world football with the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Co, so a seat at Old Trafford watching the Red Devils should be on anyone’s to do list.
Sip a cocktail in the clouds
Cloud 23 has an unrivalled perspective of the city; it’s high in the clouds and you can see everything for miles and miles. The classy bar is in the middle of the Hilton Hotel (or as my Nanna calls it, the Lego tower) and despite the drinks menu being a little on the pricey side, the views make up for it, especially if you go early evening when they sun is setting and you get that nice orangey sky behind the concerted jungle we call home!
Grab a slice over in Ancoats
Rudy’s pizza is second to none in Manchester, the Napolles- inspired Neapolitan style pizza those guys serve up is THE best pizza we have ever tasted in our lives, and we’ve been to Italy… They recently won the Affordable Eats Venue of the Year 2017, so you know it’s not going to set you back either. All we can really say is if you haven’t been, go, it will change your life, and if you have been, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
See a movie on Europe’s tallest screen
The Printworks cinema is now owned and operated by VUE with ODEON moving over to the old AMC site at Great Northern and is one of our favourite places to watch a movie! The IMAX screen over in the Printworks is the tallest screen in the whole of Europe and makes you feel like you’re truly part of the movie.
Take a trip to Manchester’s very own Hogwarts
John Ryland’s library is the closest us muggles will get to visiting Hogwarts here in Manchester but my word, it comes pretty close to the real thing. It’s just next to Australasia on Deansgate and is completely free to wander around thanks to the University of Manchester and even if Harry Potter isn’t your thing, we don’t believe there’s a single person alive that The John Ryland’s library won’t be able to charm. Plus, it’s a pretty cool place to take your laptop and get some work done in some truly stunning settings.